Radar Detector Installation Requires Little More Than Common Sense
Getting an expensive speeding ticket isn’t in your future. You’ve just bought a state-of-the-art radar detector. From here on out, you’ll be “flying under the radar,” so to say.
But what now?
Getting a radar detector is only half the battle. The next step in ensuring those flashing lights are not coming for you is to make sure the device is properly installed.
For those new at installing electronic devices in cars, you’ll soon find out that some equipment is more complicated than others. Most models of detectors, for example, only involve two wires – a ground and power. Other, more sophisticated models, can involve a multitude of wires and ancillary components as well.
To make sure the device you buy operates properly once you get it out of the box, the first thing’s first. Read the instructions. This means, don’t just glance at them. Read them all the way through. Make sure you understand each step before you jump in. You’re not only messing with a piece of expensive electronic equipment, you’re getting ready to alter your auto’s wiring, so knowing what you’re doing is paramount.
Once you’ve read the instructions – front to back – gather the tools required before you start. This means all of them! Also inspect the detector to make sure all its parts are present. There’s nothing worse than getting half way through a job and finding out a manufacturer forgot a vital screw!
Now, check out your automobile for the optimum installation location. The receiver should go in a spot where the driver can easily see it. There’s no point having a radar detector if the driver doesn’t know it’s going off. Typical installation spots for this include under the dash, the ashtray area and so on. Make sure nothing gets in the way and that the receiver doesn’t get in the driver’s way as well.
If there are other pieces of equipment involved, make sure to follow manufacturer instructions on the best places to mount them. Keep in mind that radar doesn’t go through metal and lasers can’t read through plastic.
From here on out follow the instructions that came with your device to the letter. Make sure wires are correctly installed and be certain to properly anchor the receiver. If you decide the installation job isn’t one you can do on your own, enlist some help. Whatever you do, don’t bite off more than you can chew, especially when dealing with your automobile’s electrical system.
Bear in mind though, if you follow the instructions well, make sure you understand them and proceed step by step, you should be in good shape.